I don’t want to get married.
I don’t want a boyfriend.
If I’m really honest with you, I can live without sex.
As long my future holds a cup of tea (ok, glass of wine) and a decent program on the TV then I’ll be happy.
But I can get married. I’m really lucky living in the UK where a gay man can marry another gay man. I could even do something as ridiculous as marry a woman, if I wanted.
That was a right granted to me by this country’s government. Other people aren’t so lucky, and they’re not as far away as you might think.
Just across the river in the Republic of Ireland, the residents are gearing up for a historic event. The world’s first public vote to determine – in short – whether one group of people are equal to another group.
It might seem obvious or inevitable that same-sex marriage – that equality –
should be allowed in most countries that are claiming to be a civilised part of the modern world, but perhaps not surprisingly, there are some people who object to same-sex marriage.
What is surprising, though, is that some of them claim not to be homophobic.
I can’t see it. My own – perhaps limited – view of the world can see no reason to object to one man marrying another man or one woman marrying another woman apart from that gay sex is icky. Sex in general is a bit icky as far as I’m concerned, but that doesn’t mean I object to people getting married.
I can’t understand for one second why ANYONE would want to shackle themselves to another person for the rest of their life, but that doesn’t mean I would object to it.
So, if they’re not homophobic, why else would someone object? I googled “Marriage referendum, no arguments” – here’s what I found.
Won’t somebody think of the children?!
If I can’t understand why someone would want to get married, then I sure as hell can’t understand why they’d want kids, but, marriage – apparently – is the process by which one procreates. Therefore gay men and women don’t need marriage, as they can’t have children.
Well, that’s just silly. Even I know that sex is how you get kids. AND I know that many people get married and don’t have kids. Does that mean they’re any less married? No.
Those that do have children, does their marriage lapse once the children have moved out? No.
On the flip side, if a child doesn’t have two parents, because they’ve been adopted or orphaned… does that make them any less of a human being? No.
Marriage is not about children. So let’s stop talking about them.
The No side seem to be under the impression that allowing homosexual people to get married is akin to allowing footballers to suddenly pick the ball and run with it in their hands. It just wouldn’t be football any more.
My understanding is that it’s not about changing the game, it’s just about allowing more people to play.
Manchester United and Manchester City can play in the same City without it making Manchester City’s game any less significant (I’d be tempted to make a football joke here, but I’m foraying into a territory I know nothing about).
This is my favourite one. Marriages can be dissolved at the moment citing adultery as a cause. Adultery is defined as extra marital sex between a man and a woman – while two members of the same sex is just unreasonable behaviour.
Equal marriage would require the definition of adultery to be updated.
I’m not sure what the objection is here.
Are they worried about having to re-write all the dictionaries?
Are they worried that same sex marriage would ruin the sanctity of straight divorce? Hmm.
Yeah well, Harry Potter told me I could unlock doors with my magic wand. He was wrong and JK Rowling lied.
Marriage is a contract between a man and a woman. That’s the definition.
Ok, that’s a fair point.
What actually changes if we change the definition to ‘marriage is a contract between two people’?
For homosexual people:
- Recognition of their love
- The same legal rights as straight couples
- Offspring of a gay couple growing up in a family that is the same as everyone else’s
For heterosexual people:
The way I see it, the people of Ireland have three choices come May 22nd:
- Don’t vote. Stand by and do nothing while other people are discriminated against.
- Vote yes. Allow a free society where love is love and children are taught that everyone is equal.
- Vote no. Because you’re a cock.
Don’t be a cock. Vote yes on May 22nd.